Tasmanian Community Achievement Awards

2018 Finalists


Prime Super Employer Excellence in Aged Care Award:
Care Forward of Rosny Park has empowered older Tasmanians to live well at home since 1999. They adopt a staff ‘wellness’ approach with ergonomic workstation reviews and the introduction of sit to stand desks. Staff are supported with an employee assistance program, free Pilate’s classes and access to the gym in the Care Forward Wellness Centre. To improve workplace health and culture a project called THRIVE was initiated; The Healthy Revolution in Valuing Employees.

Community Care TASMANIA of Launceston is a not-for-profit, charitable organisation founded 28 years ago. They have 25 fulltime and 130 part time staff including a variety of ethnic backgrounds and disabilities. Staff are provided with additional online training, morning exercises and a dedicated in-house gym. Periodic short in-house massages are arranged and bowls of fruit offering a healthy eating option.

Family Based Care Tasmania of Burnie is a community based organisation providing individualised support to people with a disability, the frail aged and carers. FBC offers a flexible work life balance and supports staff to actively participate in the Army Reserves. Workforce Preservation Training is with mandatory training programs via in house group training. Staff can bring their children to work after school or participate in the initiative, bring a dog to work day.

Glenview Community Services of Glenorchy is a not-for-profit organisation with 70 years of experience and has been listed as an employer of choice since 2012. Glenview demonstrate investment in their 172 staff, provided both internal and external training and a paid subscription to the Nurses for Nurses professional development network. An Employee Consultative Committee provides a great opportunity for staff to meet with the CEO to discuss important issues.


Fonterra Australia Agriculture Award:
The Ringarooma Water User Group of Branxholm was formed in 2013 to improve water security for dairy, beef and cropping enterprises, whilst protecting the environmental values of the Ringarooma River and her tributaries. They have pioneered a high tech, localised, voluntary water sharing model, which has provided significant economic benefits. The Ringarooma River Catchment community alongside the Water User Group have co-designed and adopted world leading digital technologies to provide enduring benefits to agriculture.

Lindsay Bourke of Launceston now has the largest honey business in Tasmania and is much awarded in including the 2016 National Agribusiness Export Award. He received the 2015 Biosecurity Farmer of the Year for his work on Hygienic Behaviour in Bees as a method to lessen the impact of the Varroa (Vaa-Row) Destructor Mite. Combating the critical shortage of beekeepers Lindsay has implemented a trainee program providing qualified beekeepers to the industry.

Rural Youth Tasmania of Launceston has made a positive contribution to the community for over 68 years. Their vision is to Connect, Develop and Celebrate Young Tasmanians. Their members aged between 15 and 30 year olds are proud of their rural connection and are passionate about primary industries and rural communities. The Rural Youth Tasmania members, with a small team of paid staff, delivered Agfest, a nationally acclaimed Field Day attracting over 62,000 visitors.


Heather & Christopher Chong Outstanding Achiever Award:

Kelvin Jones of Swansea has been involved with the Swansea Fire Brigade and the SES for over 20 years. He has volunteered with the East Coast Crusaders PCYC for almost 20 years and is a Board member of the Tasmanian Association of PCYC. He has work with other community groups on the on projects such as the Swansea Community Christmas parade, District Show, Great Oysterbay festival and From France to Freycinet festival.

Juanita Westbury of Glebe is a community pharmacist, committed to ensuring the appropriate use of sedating medication in aged care. She developed the ‘RedUSe’ project through her PHD research, aiming to reduce the use of medications for dementia, anxiety and sleep through audit, education and review. The successful RedUSe project was trialled in 25 Tasmanian Aged Care Homes then expanded to 150 Homes nationally and has recently received a Mental Health Services Award.

Dr Catherine Hughes has delivered careers services to schools for over 31 years. She is the author of The Grow Careers website, a freely available website for all Australian. Catherine has published two Careers Work books and has delivered numerous workshops at state, national and international conferences. She was a member of the national writing party for Australian Curriculum and wrote the source document of a national website on Australian Apprenticeships and traineeships.


Betta Milk ‘Make It Betta’ Health Achievement Award:

Family Food Patch of North Hobart aims to improve the health and well-being of Tasmanian children by creating a network of motivated volunteer parents and community workers, known as Family Food Educators. Through a comprehensive 30 hour training program, Family Food Educators are provided with expert training, information and resources to assist them to address common food and physical activity. The reach of the Family Food Patch program across Tasmanian communities is diverse and expansive.

Food Justice Network - Northern Suburbs Community of Newnham are committed to food security and improving access to healthy food for their community. The network includes members from UTAS, Northern Suburbs Community Centre, Starting Point Neighbourhood House and the Women’s Friendship. They provide weekly community lunches and a twice weekly cooking club at East Tamar Primary School. The Vegetable Bag scheme delivers locally grown fresh vegetables, fruit and eggs directly to the customer or to a local collection.

Live Well Tasmania of Wynyard is a dedicated group of volunteers and part time employees who are working to improve the wellbeing of disadvantaged youth. LWT has developed a ten-year plan called the Waratah-Wynyard Wellbeing Plan, based on compassion, caring and connection. This includes dramatically reducing poverty, homelessness, drug and alcohol problems and disengagement from education. An initial priority is a campaign to reduce the stigma of mental illness and disadvantage.


Get Moving Tasmania Physical Activity Award:

New Horizons Club Inc of Mowbray offers sport and recreation programs for Tasmanians with a disability and their priority is community inclusion. They run 18 programs each week, school holiday programs, carnivals, social functions and interstate sporting trips. New Horizons Club has over 600 members, with 432 active participants. Programs are held across Launceston, Scottsdale, Wynyard, with pilot programs in the Hobart area. They work in conjunction with Sports Inclusion Australia and the Special Olympics.

Tasmanian Road Runners of Mount Nelson is a not-for-profit recreational running organisation, created and maintained by volunteers. They have over 180 members ranging from 6 to 71 years of age and maintain strong relationships with other running organisations. They have been invited to attend over 18 other fun run events, providing promotion and awareness of a healthy lifestyle. Tasmanian Road Runners has increased recreational running participation by fostering a non-competitive and inclusive environment.

YMCA of Hobart of Glenorchy provides Youth Active programs for over 500 primary and high school students to participate in physical activity, develop skills and find their talent. Youth Active is made up of four key sports streams: Schools YEP, an outreach sport and recreation program, Mountain Bike Skills, Skate Park League and the Aquatic Squad. They fund community programs through any profits made by their programs and facilities.


MAIB Disability Achievement Award:

Jack Dyson of Oakdowns has made a significant contribution to Cystic Fibrosis Tasmania raising awareness and funds. In his many media appearances he talks openly about his personal challenges with CF. Jack’s first You Tube video, “Iron Lungs” has nearly 3,500 views and was filmed from his hospital bed. Using Social Media, he has become an inspirational role model, motivating others with his body building to improve his CF and mental health.

Nate Cripps of Invermay has been profoundly deaf since birth. Working as a cleaner for 14 years, Nate knew he was destined for more. He and his partner Warren opened Tweetie L'amour Pet Emporium and he is proudly Tasmania’s first profoundly deaf person to open and run his own business. Recently the business has partnered with a disability organisation that offers employment opportunities for people living with a disability. Tweetie L'amour currently employs four trainees.

Joe Chivers of Glenorchy has a spinal cord injury and is the assistant sport coordinator with the Paraquad Association of Tasmania. He facilitates the weekly wheelchair basketball game and volunteers with the wheelchair Aussie rules program. Joe is one of the presenters for the Bodysafe Education program, which promotes the importance of prevention and awareness of spinal injuries. He has won state and national titles in para rowing and wheelchair Aussie rules.


Prime Super Business Achievement Award:
House of Dance Tasmania of Hobart provides quality dance training for ages 18 months to adult, catering to recreational students and those wishing to pursue a career in the performing arts. Classes include theatrical, non-competitive, Baby Ballet, Musical Theatre and the Tasmanian Youth Classical Ballet Company. Dance helps children develop retention and recall, coordination, physical and mental strength and agility. House of Dance won the 2017 Tasmanian Telstra Business Award for Micro Business.

S. Group of Launceston are a unique multi-disciplinary studio integrating architecture, with brand and marketing services. Their experience extends from large-scale tourism and educational facilities, graphic and digital design, photography and videography. They work with Council, community and businesses. S. Group grew rapidly from a one person start-up in 2011, to currently 31 staff across three offices. They have been awarded the 2015 Fast Starters List and the 2016 BRW Fast 100 List.

Access Solutions Tasmania of Blackmans Bay is a 100% Tasmanian owned family business, with 23 staff and celebrating 25 years in operation. Initially concentrating on architectural products and access ladders, Access Solutions is now one of Tasmania’s leading providers of lifts, escalators and access equipment. They provide maintenance, modernisations, 24/7 service and complete design construct packages. They completed the largest project in Tasmanian vertical transport history and have been awarded Employer of Choice.


Rural Health Tasmania Innovation in Mental, Social and Emotional Wellbeing Award:

Matthew Etherington of Taroona has championed social inclusion, mental health and community resilience. He is a volunteer and paid coach for the Big Issue Community Street Soccer Program, using sport to improve the lives of those experiencing disadvantage, intellectual disabilities and homelessness. He has volunteered over 1215 hours to sports, arts, community development and youth engagement. Matthew organised subsidised Mental Health First Aid training to university students, contributing $1,500 of his own money.

Oliver Edwards of Blackmans Bay started ‘Free on a Tree’ as part of a School Homework Challenge. His concept was to wrap a donated coat around the trunk of a tree and secure it using the coat’s buttons or zip. Then he would attach a sticker to it saying ‘(Free on a Tree) if you need this, it’s yours’. Anyone in the community can then approach the tree and take the coat to use.

The Little HELP Project Tasmania of Bellerive is a non-for-profit organisation designed by students for students. The Little Help Project is centred on targeting mental health issues. The workshops include interactive challenges, activities and compelling speakers that are all aimed at combatting the negative culture which can develop in the early years of high school. The team of volunteers at The Little HELP Project have worked with over 8,000 Tasmanian students to date.


Ricoh Business Centre Hobart Community Group of the Year Award:

Just Cats Tasmania of Longford is a not for profit cat shelter and cat boarding facility. Since opening in 2012 they have rehomed over 4,000 cats and kittens. Their goal is to help educate the public about the importance of de-sexing all cats to limit the number of unwanted kittens. They take in any unwanted cats or kittens and desex, microchip and vaccinate them before placing them up for adoption to responsible forever homes.

The Story Island Project, Moonah is a non-profit organisation co-founded by Kate Gross and Emily Bullock to improve young people’s literacy skills through creative storytelling. They provide free workshops and publishing projects and work closely with schools and community groups. Their mission is to improve confidence and literacy skills of the most disadvantaged Tasmanians through the power of story. Through story, young people can develop their enthusiasm for writing and craft their own voice.

Karinya Young Women’s Service of King Meadows provides short-term crisis accommodation for young women aged 13 to 20 years. Karinya’s Young Mums and Bubs program offers an early intervention service for pregnant teenagers and young parents. Karinya also works with young dads when appropriate and offers connection and referrals to a range of parenting supports. Commencing as a pilot in 2012 and relying on philanthropic aid, the program has now secured Tasmanian Government funding.


EPA Sustainability Award:

Clean Rivers and Fert$mart Partners of Port Sorell partnered with DairyTas, farmers, industry and NRM Tasmania to collaborate on protecting and improving water quality. 137 farmers have undertaken Clean Rivers and Cows out of Creeks projects, increased effluent storage volumes and extended effluent irrigation areas. 200 farms have completed Fert$mart plans for best practice management of fertiliser and effluent. Over 330 farm businesses have undertaken practical projects to protect water quality and improve resource use efficiency.

Tasmanian Alkaloids of Westbury is a fully integrated manufacturer of controlled substances providing alkaloid raw materials from poppies grown in Tasmania. Recent manufacturing innovations have resulted in significant environmental improvements in waste reduction and raw material consumption. 2017 innovations resulted in a 100% reduction in offsite disposal of flammable waste solvent, a 90% reduction in offsite disposal of aqueous process waste and a 35% reduction of raw material solvent purchases per unit production.

Plasticwise Taroona of Hobart is a not for profit community organisation reducing plastic waste. They have run over 20 beeswax-wrap making workshops in schools and crowdfunded $6,000 to subsidise further workshops. They created Tasmania's first 'bag library’, providing retailers with 1,500 handmade reusable cloth bags, made from donated, recycled materials. Customers who forget bags, can borrow a bag and return it later. So far 2,000 hours of volunteer time has been utilised.


University of Tasmania Teaching Excellence Award:

Michael Voss of Lindisfarne is a passionate and innovative early year’s teacher at Dominic College. He has embedded important Aboriginal cultural perspectives, and set up an exhibition showcasing student learning. Michael believes educating young minds about caring for the planet is a significant part of the war on waste. Michael works collaboratively with other key members of staff to help identify areas requiring improvement or intervention and affords students care and respect.

Patrick Coleman of Mowbray is Learning Area Leader of Health and Physical Education and an eLearning Integrator at Launceston Church Grammar School. He endeavours to provide an innovative curriculum and learning experiences for his students. Patrick has a passion for the role digital technologies can play in developing effective learning. He looks at innovative ways to engage students in their learning creating programs such as the Happy Being Me - Body Image Program.

Jordana Schmidt of Margate is Humanities Coordinator at St James Catholic College. Jordana has introduced innovative pedagogies including using flipped classrooms and real-life learning in Geography. Jordana has developed and trialed a pilot project to improve student engagement and confidence in numeracy. Jordana has a strong emphasis on experiential learning and works to facilitate real-life cross-curriculum learning opportunities for her students. She has a strong emphasis on integrating Indigenous history into the curriculum